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The Glory 
That Once Was Paris 

Estimated Property Loss 

On the same day fire at Augusta, Georgia, caused a loss of 



Empire Building hack of Monun 

Chronicle Building to right 

Keasbey & Mattison Company 

Ambler Asbestos Shingles (Century Brand) 

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Paris Residence Section 
West Side 

Fire started in Paris, Texas, 

a thriving city of about 15,000 

people, late in the afternoon of 

March 21st, and by the next 

morning more than two-thirds 

of the town, including- all of 

isiness portion, had been 

destroyed, and more thai 

people were homeless. The 

property loss is estimated at 

$10,000,000, and one life was 

The fire covered 30 

in addition 

to the business section, about 

750 homes. The fire depart- 


ment was helpless against the 
flames, which were fanned by 
a high wind, and the assistance 
rushed from neighboring 
was also unable to check the 
fire, which burned itself out. 
The city will be rebuilt at 
once. The illustration shows 
a view of the public square, 
looking north, after the fire. 
By a strange coincidence, 
Augusta, Ga. , shown at bot- 
tom of page , was visited by a 
destructive fire during tl>< 
24 hours that Paris was ablaze. 

Paris Square 


Green Street 
Augusta, Ga. 

.. usta, third cil 

L, had a $5, ."Hit hrc 

on Manh 22d The fire de- 
partment, assisted by engines 
Atlanta, Savannah and 
Macon, was nol able to gel 
dei control until 

iness blocks and twenty 
tial bhii ks had been 

. Mil. ai f $5,000,000. 

k in tin- best resi - 

dential left J, 000 

without homes. This 

Street filled 

ffects of refugees. 



The Glory that Once was Paris 

An automobile picked its way slowly 
through the street. The driver, scenting some 
unseen danger, watched alternately the road 
and walls that seemed to be tottering. Once he 
almost plunged to his end, but a warning voice 
drew his attention to a quivering jagged spire 
of -scorched brick and he got away with noth- 
ing more than a spraying with powdered 

Everywhere, it seemed, blackened and 
withered ringers reached convulsively for an 
invisible t<>rmenter, and failing, fell backward, 
sending clouds of ra- 
diant sparks in a hun- 
dred directions. 

The sight was a 
dismal one. The man 
in the auto m o bile 
stopped before a pile 
of twisted iron, of 
flaming timbers, and 
smouldering ruins. For 
a long time he gazed at 
it. Now mournfully. 
Now resignedly. Now 
bitterly. "My God," 
he muttered. And, with 
a melancholy chug of 
a struggling engine, he 
was gone in searen of 
some temporary shelter 
for his loved ones. 

Asbestos Shingles Cut 
Insurance Rate 

A contention that 80 per cent, of the fires 
at Davenport, Iowa, during 1915, could be 
attributed to wood shingles on roofs was 
the argument, according to the architects 
of that city, in session with Commissioner 
of Buildings Ralph C. Graham, to decide to 
dispense with wood shingles in that city al- 
together, and in their place use shingles of 
asbestos and other materials which are 
not easily inflammable. This was one of the 
steps necessary to the securing of second 
instead of third-class insurance rates for the 
city, a step which has been advocated for 
two months. The requirements of the Board 
of Fire Underwriters will be complied with 
in every particular, it is announced. Sprink- 
ler systems for the boiler rooms and fur- 
nace rooms of schools are necessary to com- 
ply with the requirements, and these sys- 
tems will be installed. Members of the school 
board were present at the meeting of archi- 
tects and no objection was raised to the mat- 
ter by them.— Minneapolis I ribun, , M;n 6, T 

Driving through the 
streets he saw hundreds of other-, like him- 
self, though many of them were less patient, 
he thought. But they were brothers in mis- 
fortune and he pitied them. No one cried. 
They were stunned. Stupefied. Chilled. It 
was no time for mourning. It was time to 

Everywhere charred ruins sang the requiem 
of a dead city. Where had stood acres of 
fine buildings — was now a field of blackened 
stalks. Where men had learned to live — to 
love — to laugh, were great reaches of barren 
waste of the embers of happy homes. 

The glory that once was Paris — was no 
more. It had all but passed into history. A 
few lonely structures linked it to the past. 

\ ast reaches of ruins blackened the final page 
of a wonderful little history. 

Over night the work of a lifetime had been 
turned to ashes. Businesses that had been gen- 
erations in the building had gone down in 
ruin. The savings of countless families, in- 
vested in homes, had been wiped out with a 
single stroke. Treasures of art, family heir- 
looms, prized possessions, things that insur- 
ance money can never replace, were lost 

The glory that once was Paris, Texas — was 
no m< -re. 

On the night of 
March 21, 1916, a 
spark from a locomo- 
tive (lew over a few- 
houses; it fell upon 
some combustible ma- 
terial. In a few min- 
utes the sparks from 
this fresh hre were 
flying in every direc- 
tion — upon wood-shin- 
gled roofs — wherever 
they could find fuel, 
and within a few In mrs 
60 per cent, of the city 
was in flames. 

The next morning 
only two buildings 
were left standing in 
the business section of 
the city — almost 700 homes had been de- 
stroyed, 8,000 people made homeless and the 
city suffered a loss of about $10,000,000. 

The day following the fire Mayor McQuis- 
ton said that "our loss is largely due to the 
prevalence of wood shingles." State Fire 
Marshall [nglish, at Austin, blamed the wood 
shingle for the terrible loss, while over at 
Fort Worth. Mayor Tyra and hire Chief 
Bideker decided to at once urge the commis- 
sion to adopt an ordinance prohibiting the use 
of wood shingles. 

On the same day terrible fires ravaged 
Nashville, Tenn., and Augusta, Ga., of which 
the St. Louis Post-Dispatch remarked: "In 
the three conflagrations at Paris. Texas: Nash- 

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ville, Tenn., and Augusta, Ga., which last week 
caused a loss of $12,000,000, insurance ex- 
perts state that shingle roots were the chief 
factor in spreading the fires. Wood shingles 
as roof covering are a survival of the log cabin 
period. The substitution of more enduring 
and noncombustible material would not only 
have prevented the spread of fires, but would 
help conserve our forests." 

And then the Nashville Tennessean tells 
us : 

"So it is merely a matter of good luck that 
Nashville today is going forward without any 
serious injury to her industry or her com- 
merce, and out of that good luck Nashville 
ought to learn a lesson. Unless the lesson is 
learned, the city is 
some day certain to 
burn to its foundation 

That lesson is the 
elimination of fire haz- 
ards. What constitutes 
those hazards has been 
told so frequently and 
so recently that they 
need not be repeated 
here — -except the two 
that appear to have 
figured most promi- 
nently in Wednesday's 
fire. Shingle roofs 
were the greater. Had 
all the houses been 
properly roofed, it is 
probable that the fire 
w o u 1 d never have 

crossed the railroad tracks; it would have been 
confined within two or three blocks of com- 
partively cheap houses. Certainly, it would 
have been checked before it reached the vast 
proportions that it did assume." 

One week after these fires the commission- 
ers of Montgomery, Alabama, held a meeting, 
at which time Frederick O. Hawkins said that 
the example of the conflagrations of San 
Francisco, Jacksonville, Baltimore. Salem, and 
the recent terrible fires in Nashville, Augusta, 
and Paris, prove that wood shingle roofs and 
frame houses are instrumental in spreading 
fire. Out of six hundred and twenty-five 
alarms answered by the Montgomery Fire De- 

The Shingle Roof 

Recent events have emphasized the al- 
ready established edict that the shingle 
roof must go. The fire at Paris, Texas, 
was another warning that a general con- 
flagration may break out at any time where 
acres of dry shingles invite firebrands. The 
old-fashioned tinder-box apparently had 
nothing on the wooden shingle roof as a fire 
breeder. Almost any healthy spark finding 
lodgment in the crevices and fanned by a 
brisk wind will spread into a roaring flame 
and provide many more brands to still fur- 
ther extend the conflagration. Such a fire 
feeds on shingle roofs. It gladly accepts 
the invitation which they offer. The folly 
of it all is seen over and over again in such 
disastrous fires as that at Nashville, Chat- 
tanooga, Augusta, and Paris, Texas — all in 
the lasts few weeks, and all the result of 
men's thoughtlessness in covering their 
homes with the most inflammable roofing 
material obtainable. — American Roofer. 

partment in 1915, three hundred and three 
were on account of wood shingle roofs. 

At this meeting, Albert D. Kohn, an insur- 
ance agent, said that in two years' experience 
in which he had compiled data regarding the 
origin of fires, losses from which were paid 
from his office, all the fires except one were 
caused by combustible roofs. 

The song of the wood shingle is death and 
ruin — yet its use goes merrily on, and men 
continue to store their valuable papers in fire- 
proof vaults and keep their families under 
roofs that burn quickly and easily — a prey to 
even' drifting spark — an invitation to dis- 

Read the two selections following, both of 
which have a direct 
bearing upon your 
safety and your neigh- 
bors, and the families 
of both. Read it — and 
keep I'ari*' lesson in 
mind a s von read 




From Bulletin I--ued by Frank- 
1m II, VVentworth, Secretary, 
National Fire Protect 
sociation, 87 Milk Street, Bos- 
ton, 1 

"In nearly every 
American city of any 
on -sequence the mer- 
cantile center is sur- 
rounded by residence 
districts constructed 
almost wholly . >i wood. In the smaller cities, 
t<»\\n. and villages, the wooden buildings in- 
vade the mercantile center, either composing 
it entirely or in a greater or lesser degri 

"A conflagration seldom gets under way in 
a brick, stone and concrete section; it gets 
started in a wooden section, and if the wind 
is right and the buildings are dry it gains 
sufficiently in magnitude to bum the brick, 
stone and concrete section also. 

"Every wooden building is a fire hazard in 
itself, and. if burning, endangers every adja- 
cent building of whatever construction. But 
most wooden buildings possess a special and 
particular menace, not only to adjacent build- 

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First State Bank 

One of the first " sky- 
scrapers" t 4-story) 
built in Paris -occupied 
by bank and Burton-Peel 
Department Store — a 
complete loss 

Department Store 

A four-story structure 

, trior construction 

with complete sprinkler 

i ; building with 

Stock totally destroyed 

North Texas 
Dry Goods Co. 

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ings, but to other wooden buildings (also pos- 
sessing this menace), even when separated 
by wide open space, or fire barriers in the 
shape of intervening fireproof structures." 


Burning shingles can be carried great dis- 
tances by the wind or draught of a conflagra- 
tion, and when they alight in their turn upon 
other dry shingles, they make fearful havoc. 
The modern shingle is thin, and the machinery 
which now makes it leaves a fuzzy surface 
which, after a period of drought, becomes 
like tinder. Without shingle roofs dying 
brands would not be carried over the brick- 
center of a city by the 
wind. The wooden 
shingle furnishes the 
fire-brand and also the 
tinder which it ignites. 

One fire of any 
magnitude is all an 
ordinary fire depart- 
ment can cope with at 
one time. Even in 
wooden sections a fire 
can be stopped from 
communication to con- 
tiguous buildings 
where the wooden 
shingle is not a factor. 
Fire in wooden sec- 
tions on windy days 
quickly gets beyond 
control where there are 
wooden shingles to 

carry the fire to other wooden shingles. A 
dozen fires may thus be started over a radius 
of a mile or more, while the department is 
fighting the original fire. 

But the flying brands of a conflagration do 
not constitute the only reason for the objec- 
tion to shingle roofs. There is never a day 
in the United States or Canada that some 
one's home is not destroyed or the roof burned 
off it by the ignition of its wooden shingles 
from sparks from its own chimney. 

The man who maintains that wooden 
shingles are not a menace, wherever used, 
either has no large stock of intelligence or is 
speaking for a private interest against the 

Fire Carried Many Miles 
by Sparks 

Sunbury, Pa., April 18. — Carried by ter- 
rific winds, sparks from an engine on a 
farm near Milton today set fire to the barn 
of John Brown, at Lewisburg, four miles 
away. Sparks from the burning barn at 
Lewisburg, were carried to the barn of Jas. 
Packer, five miles distant, and from there to 
John Shaffer's barn, three miles farther 
away. All of the structures with their con- 
tents were destroyed, at a total estimated 
loss of $20,000.— From Johnstown (Pa.) Dem- 

public good. Any kind of a roof is a safer 
roof than one of wooden shingles. Other 
roofs may burn, but they will not ignite from 
sparks, and will not furnish dying brands. 

To lock up his valuable papers in fireproof 
safes, and to house his wife and children in 
wooden boxes with tinder roofs, will not al- 
ways be typical of the American." — Construc- 
tion, March, 1916. 

$500,000,000 LOST 

"Every year the American people waste 
enough money by fire to build the Panama 
Canal ; enough to build a navy equal to what 
we now have. This loss comes out of the 
pockets of the American people, and is the 
tribute they pay to care- 
lessness and ignorance. 
"Three thousand 
lives and $250,000,000 
of property is the an- 
nual sacrifice which 
this nation offers on 
the altar of careless- 
ness, recklessness, and 
lack of preparedness. 
Two hundred and fifty 
million dollars more 
each year is expended 
in maintaining fire de- 
partment s and in fire 
insurance premiums; 
so, altogether, we have 
the staggering sum of 
SNi'MHHM NX)" as the 
nation's annual fire 
tax ! 
"No man can escape the burden of this tax. 
No matter what your business, no matter 
whether you own property <>r rent from 
others, you cannot escape your share of this 
annual burden." 

What happened to Paris, to Augusta, and 
to Nashville can happen to you most any old 
time. Perhaps tonight. You can't predict 
fire. You cannot approximate its coming. It 

will steal upon you when you least expect it. 

Once the people of Paris were just as sure 
that it couldn't happen to them as you are now 
— but the fact that y< m never have had a fire 
is no assurance that you never will. Or per- 

Page Seven 



Residence: Mr. John J. Wangenstein, Duluth, Minn. 

Roof applied with Ambler Asbestos Shingles (C I. | II n u tion. Sides 

(half-timber effect) applied with Amble Building Lumber 

Residence: Mr. Milie Bunnell, Duluth, Minn. 



(Century Bi 

Last I 






itury Brand) 

Overseer's office, garage and chauffer's quarters on the estate of Dr. R. V. Mattison, " Bushy Park," Newport, R. I. 
Upper side walls of main building, entire walls of smaller buildings, and all roofsapplied with 

Ambler Asl 

I .-ntury Brand . Honeycomb method of application 

Residence: W. H. Cole, Esq., Duluth, Minn. 
Roof applied with \mblei Asbestos. Shingles (Centurj Brand). Honeycomb method of application 




Pa^e Nine 

Dr. Wm. Fisher, Toledo, Ohio 

Roof covered with Ambltr Asbestos Shinies (Century Brand), American method of appl 
of Ambler Asbestos Building Lumber, half timber effect 

Residence: Mr. Francis Line, Cleveland, Ohio 


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haps your neighbor will, and — well, just re- 
member Paris. 

Wood will burn. If wood shingles cost 
$10.00 apiece, if they were sculptured by a 
Bernhard or painted by a Corot — if they could 
be made masterpieces of architectural art — 
they would still burn. A wood shingle roof is 
not a safe roof. It is a menace to your loved 
ones — a menace to the neighborhood — a men- 
ace to life and property. 

Remember Paris. Your town does not 
have to burn. Sparks from your own chimney 
or your neighbor's. Sparks from bonfires 
and burning brush, or passing locomotives or 
fireworks, or anything. It has happened with 
thousands upon thousands of other homes — 
is happening ever y 

day — and will as long | 

as people persist in 
roofing their homes 
with kindling wood. 

Suppose you do hap- 
pen to be right and it 
doesn't burn. The fear 
is always there and so 
is the possibility. The 
insurance company 
recognizes the risk, and 
they charge you ac- 

A wood shingle r< >< >f 
is new when it is new 
— an d that ends it. 
Within a few months 
it looks as if it has seen 
years of service. A 
few rains — a few warm 

sunshiny days and the vitality is sapped out 
of them. They become dried, withered, life- 
less boards — warping, curling, splitting. Take 
them off in a few years and a child can 
crumple them in its little fingers. 

Wood shingles split and tear away from 
the nails — letting in the rains and the spring 
thaws. Letting in the cold or the heat or vice 
versa, as the season may be. 

A wood shingle roof is a temporary roof, 
at best. Tt is a makeshift covering. It affords 
no protection against wind or weather or fire 
■ — and is a constant source of expense. 

Truly, the home builder may imagine he 
has a big problem to solve. 

What Wood Shingles Helped 

Do to Nashville, Tenn. 

March 22, 1916 

Number of Stores, Churches, 
Schools and Dwellings 


Number of Servants' Houses, 
Garages and Stables de- 

Total Number of Buildings 


Length of burned district . . . 2 J / 4 miles 
Average width of burned 

district 1,250 ft. 

Estimated property loss. .. .$1,450,000 
Insurance involved, about . . 925,000 
Approximate insurance loss. 850,000 

As a matter of fact he has no problem at 
all — for, with one decisive word he can get a 
roof that am not either burn or carry fire — a 
roof that the wind will not rip off — a roof that 
cannot crack, warp, curl, split nor shale off. 

lie can get a roof that will retain its orig- 
inal soft gray color indefinitely — a roof that 
will not fade out — a roof that will look as 
bright and new ten years from now as it does 
the day he puts it on his house. 

He will get a roof that will practically last 
forever in any climate — and give his family 
the greatest amount of protection as long as 
it lasts at a price that must seem ridiculously 
trifling to the owner who has his own best 
interests clearly in mind — that roof is made 

(Century Brand) 
T h e re is nothing 
about these shingles 
that can burn or carry 
fire or wear out. They 
are made from the best 
asbestos fibre and ce- 
ment — nature's t wo 
indestructible — and 
practically imperish- 
able materials. There is 
m (thing else in them. 

And it is a well- 
known fact that a 
shingle m a d e from 
these materials b e - 
a mil's tougher a n d 
stronger and more resistant to both fire and 
weather the longer it is exposed. Consequently, 
instead of requiring repairs or patching or 
painting every once in a while, Ambler As- 
bestos Shingles become stronger. Remark- 
able but true. 

Painting or repairing never helps a roof. It 
merely covers up the weak spots— and the fact 
that it does require painting or patching or re- 
pairing is assurance enough that it is deterio- 
rating — it is a sign of a worn-out roof. 

Every shower — every warm day saps just 
that much more vitality from a wood roof. 
Such a roof is old while it is young — an eye- 
sore in a few years — a source of endless ex- 




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Residence : 

Mr. Wm. Hobensack 

Ivyland, Pa. 

An "All Shingle House." 
Roof and side walls covered 
with Ambler As be si 
Shingles < Century Brand i. 
Honeycomb method of 

Bungalow : 

Mr. Theodore Wiedemann 

Broad Axe Road, 

near Ambler, Pa. 

Roof covered with 
Ambler Asbestos Shingles 
tury Brand i applied 
French method 

Properties of 

Mr. Luther Mr ndenhall 

Duluth, Minn. 

Roof of 

b<»th crcd with 

Ambler A 
b method 

A stately modem residence owned by a prominent member of the medical profession. Back of the turrets is an extensive 
Ambler Asbestos Shingle root I Centurj Brand I, which, tog-ether with the massive stone walls, makes a 
forceful, permanent, tire-resisting structure, which will never need repairs 

Residence : Mr. Wm, J. Adams, Kew, L. I. 

Concrete construction topped with a roof f>f Ambler Asbestos Shingles (Century Rr.uul). American methyl of application 
has given a beautiful finish and a fire-proof covering to this building 

Pige Thirteen 

pense and annoyance— and never in any sense 
a protection. 

.Make your house safe now — 

Decide on Ambler Asbestos Shingles (Cen- 
tury Brand; and end forever your roofing 
worries— as 100,000 others have done and are 

Put on a roof you can be proud of— a roof 

that will give you a feeling of security you 
have never enjoyed before. 

Let us send you samples — more literature — 
proof — anything; but don't wait until the fire 
engine comes before making the decision — 

Remember the Glory that once was Paris' — 

It can happen again — maybe to you — maybe 
tonight — 

So write today— a postcard will do. 

MARCH 21st, 1916 

By S. W. INGLISH, State Fire Marshal (Member X. I-'. P. A.) 

In pamphlet ton d | . f „ Protection A wciation, 87 Milk Street. Boston, 

An investigation was conducted h\ tin. 
office for the purpose of determining as 
nearly as possible the origin and effect of 
the conflagration that occurred in Paris, 
Texas, on March 21, 1916, resulting in the 
total destruction of most of the business 
district of the city, completely wiping out 
the greater portions of the residential sec- 
tions and destroying churches, schools and 
other public buildings. 

The lire had it. origin in a frame ware- 
house -ituated in the southwestern portion 
of the city, and wink' the Department's 
data gathered to tin. time would not now 
warrant a positive statement as to the cause 
of the tire, it is reasonably certain that its 
origin will in the final summing up he 
traced to carelessness. 

It appears that the alarm was sent in 
about 5.30 o'clock in the afternoon, and 
notwithstanding the local fire department's 
prompt response to the call, a wind blow- 
ing out of the southwest at an estimated 
velocit) of 35 miles per hour fanned the 
flames and scattered burning pieces of 
w.H,d to s llc h an extent that it was soon 
to he seen that a conflagration beyond the 
control of human agency was at hand. 

The lire burned north-northeast from 
the place of origin, widening its area as 
it swept <>n until it burned it-elf nut on the 
north and east sj,] c . D f t ] H , c ; tv< | eav j, 
now and then a scorched structure in its 
path, in almost every instance supporting n 
non-combustible /-.»<-/' covering. 

U is found that the entire area of the 
districts covered by the flames amounts to 


264 acres of territory within the corporate 
boundaries and many small buildings, 
stables and out-houses outside the city 


fourteen hundred and forty buildings 
shown on Sanborn's 1914 insurance map 
of the city were destroyed, 1051 of which 
had combustible roofs, or 71 per cent of 
the total number of buildings lost. Twelve 
hundred and ninety-seven of the total num- 
ber of buildings burned were of frame or 
iron-clad construction, or 90 per cent of the 
total number of buildings destroyed. It is 
found that the fire consumed 704 homes of 
all classes, 7? frame mercantiles, 117 hrick 
mercantiles, 522 out-buildings, such as 
barns, stables, garages, servants' houses, 
etc., 13 churches and o public buildings. 

1 he property loss ; s variously estimated 
at from $10,000,000 to $14,000,000, and 
most likely falls within the range of such 
figures, hut in the absence of reliable in- 
formation as to the values of buildings and 
contents involved, this office is not now 
prepared to submit a statement thereon, nor 
can reliable data he furnished showing tin- 
total amount of insurance carried. h 
probably sufficient to state that on account 
of the good fire record borne by Paris for 
a number of years next preceding the i 

currenre of this loss the fire insui >m- 

panies doing business in tin tf j t no 

doubt, been liberal in assuming liabilit 

and that the sound insurant • ill 

" at least 50 per cent of t] u 

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destruction in Paris is probably without a 
parallel in the state and, in some respects, 

not in the nation. The destruction is even 
greater in its completeness and burned area 
than that of the Baltimore conflagration in 
proportion to population. 

Much valuable fire prevention informa- 
tion is to be had from this conflagration 
that c«»uld be applied with profit by every 
city and town in the state. A most impor- 
tant lesson to be drawn is the hazard of 
the shingle roof. Modern history does not 
contain a more perfect example of the con- 
flagration hazard that is present in every 
city or town where the shingle roof is 
prevalent. The burning of the business dis- 
trict of Paris was not due to a lack of fire 
fighters ; it was not due to a lack of water ; 
it was not due to the construction of the 
business district itself, but was primarily 
attributable to the shingle roofs of the resi- 
dence section of the city. The firemen 
were not able to hold the blaze to the first 
building being burned, for the reason that 
the brands carried by the high gale had set 
on fire buildings, four, five, six and even 
ten blocks away and, in practically every 
instance, the fire started on the roof of the 
building. These, in turn, would send their 
burning brands on the wings of the wind 
to other buildings with shingle roofs until 
every dwelling on both the south and east 
sides of the business section was a seeth- 
ing, roaring mass of flames; and, notwith- 
standing the fact that the roofs of the busi- 
ness buildings had refused to take fire from 

the burning embers that had fallen upon 
them like a rain of hail for some time, when 
the half-circle of fire around the business 
district had closed in, the intense heat of 
the wind-driven flames and the flying 
brands and coals which were many inches 
deep in the streets, broke through the win- 
dows and doors, and, when once an en- 
trance was effected, the doom of the busi- 
ness section was sealed. Had the roofs of 
the dwellings in the path of the fire from its 
point of origin to the business district been 
of non-combustible material, it is believed 
the fire department of Paris alone could 
have easily held the blaze to at least the 
block in which it originated. 

Another lesson that may he drawn is one 
in connection with so-called "fireproof con- 
struction." The Gibraltar Hotel, the First 
National Bank Building and the Post Office 
each presents a striking example of the dis- 
astrous consequences of using combustible 
material in finishing a fireproof building 
and the folly of attempting to save money 
in the use of inferior materials with the 
hope that it will withstand the test of fire. 
The conflagration presents another in- 
stance that there is no such thing as abso- 
lutely fireproof construction and that, when 
sufficient heat is applied to any kind of 
known material used in such buildings, seri- 
ous damage, if not total destruction, will 
follow. It is a noticeable fact that in even' 
case where exposed wall opening- were 
protected by wired gla^, the progress of 
the fire was effectual! v Mocked. 

The shingle roof is blamed for the magnitude of this fire, and apparently with 
good reason. The shingle roof probably spreads a fire on a windy day about as well 
as could any contrivance which the ingenuity of man is capable of inventing. Once a 
shingle roof catches, every one of its shingles becomes a brand to carry the fire to 
other roofs. After thinking about it for a moment, one is apt to conclude that the 
remarkable thing about such conflagrations as this at Paris is that we have so few 
of them. 

Long dry spells and high winds are not uncommon with us, and this is a com- 
bination of elements that gives the possibility of a conflagration to the most insig- 
nificant of fires. The question of outlawing shingle roofs, that is, of forbidding the 
making of any more, ought to be taken up and acted on promptly. We are inclined 
to think that it ought to be done, both as a matter of justice and of expediency. 

The shingle roof makes the careful too much liable for the sins of the careless. 
Even if non-combustible roofing material does cost more originally, it will probably 
pay for itself before a great while. — Dallas (Texas) NEWS Editorial. 


Page Fifteen 


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Sy i»fe 

F «ous£_on f//}£ Me^fU/B 

M <"-e Than $400! 

had KTeat d 

the bUfo beeaus 
inoke whi 
Idlng. The clurch ^a 3 aj 

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terday Afternoon, ' 


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al?rms yesterday morula* 
Saturday aUernoon. AH of 

-ere Due to sparka 
las shingle roofs, the 
ol flros m ChajBpaign- 

Al 10:01 yesterday morn^i •".',', 
parlment vas calied t 
IUm Max? lf< DowmO, 
street. A hpark from a/ £« 
Uie root, damaging th< 
amount of about, (25. 

At 11:40 Use fircrni 
moned to the homr of 
fer. Ilk Woat Springfl 
spark from a flue had slai 
on the roof and the damag< 
about $25. 

The Are depart men!, was \'\J] 
3:45 Saturday afternoon to V^i. 
of Mrs. Ruachmann, i09 fcasA ^^" Qt l e*-~- ^(). 

Ml?»jue. The. alarm »ai »<A a* T " L- 

a spark leuftrns the roof. ~ 

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The fire r«y*d 

Fir e from •gj TiB ^ a t d suc h roof we know is the roof 
oft ^tooid>i built with Ambler Asbestos 
Shingles. Specify that roof and 
be sure. 

pte« the upiia. 
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The real story of the inefficient 
roof is told every day in the news- 
papers. But the story of the roof 
that leaks — the roof that requires 
frequent patching and painting is 
told only in bills and disappoint- 

The only solution is the selec- 
tion of a roof that can neither 
burn or wear out and the only 




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the blaxa. 

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the l.uuir ^fii burnt d av\sy and vjuic 

d»mn>;f v»p done tn tftM girrrt Tht 

low u., c^ijjial^d at |ZO0. W h. u <L* 

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but wme I.-' »r traUlo 

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it Ure wrar... (.uiL^ wltBAal disorfli-r 

aziy of the other braachea of the 

T)j>- vcl<T preesare waa' Jow and 
he L,ar|-ji«aana fire dt-narlmeut 
ould do lltUa, An alarm wan aetit to 
leadquarteri In Buffalo an 

•f MrConoH aj!d Aa*ls-. 

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*^en enrlne and two tru< k 
* Tl.»- flrr was mak'nr considers- 
le headw*-. i v. im- 

anl<-( arrived J( ftaru>d at IMS o*- 
ock In ih#> morriinc and was Bot out 
I In (he afternoon. Katb- 
l« cohered by Ineurance 

ears old rrade their home in tha 
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The newspaper clippings reproduced on this page are but a few of the many taken from papers every week in 
the year. They emphasize the number of fires communicated through combustible roofs, and give silent 
testimony to the many homes and buildings destroyed (all or partly* by fire. Protect your buildings with the 
best fire-proof roof AMBLER ASBESTOS SHINGLES (Century Brand). 



View of the Main Street upon a fair March morning 

Blue Black 

Indian Red 

Newport Gray 

The three striking colors in which Ambler Asbestos "Century" Shingles are made - and the three popular methods 
of application when combined, make possible a number of color and decorative effects. 

Lower Illustration— As the above street looked on the second morning thereafter 

Cause — Wood Shingle Roofs 

I pper Illustration- The Square before the Fire, 

I '.ins, I exas 

Lower Illustration- The Square after the Fire of 
M.ux!) 21-22, 1916, Paris, Texas 

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